Lists and the creative process

I once read that, before sit­ting down to write The StandOne of my favour­ite ever books, Stephen King put a single sen­tence on his notice­board. It was enough to put him in the space where he could write the nov­el.

That sen­tence was:

Randall Flagg is a dark man.

If that sen­tence doesn’t con­jure an entire world in your head, it sounds as though you’ve haven’t read The Stand. The only thing to do is pootle off and read it.

Via Roger’s Plog, I’ve just come across a list by Rachel King, author of the Sound of Butterflies, in which she places all those items that she needs to ‘fall through the hole in the paper’.

I thought it might be inter­est­ing to come up with a list of the things that some­what describe the ‘feel’ of my nov­el. Desert Island Objects, if you will, with the desert island being the nov­el itself.

Oh, and the syn­op­sis.

UPDATE: Roger’s list is in the com­ments of Rachel’s art­icle, a couple of oth­er lists too…